Holiday Shopping has Commenced and So Has the Snow!

We’ve already got 3 inches of snow on the ground in the upper midwest and the Holidays are approaching fast!

Porteen Gear Camera Straps

Porteen Gear has been busy in the studio getting inventory ready to sell for the gift giving season! As soon as we can get our new inventory listed in our store, they are already being bought up! We have new fabrics and leathers from our recent buying trip to Chicago and are excited to showcase these. They are now available on the bag builders at If you haven’t been to the bag builders, it’s a place to play with swatches and build your dream bag!

New fabrics


We have many gifts available under $50.00! Camera Straps, Camera Wrist Straps, Camera Card Journal Pouches and the Canvas Tote Bags that were popular last holiday season!

Porteen Gear Wrist Straps

Leather Wrist straps make a great gift idea! Our unique design allow them to fit loosely over the wrist and if you drop your camera, they will cinch tight!

Elephant Camera Strap

We carry camera straps in many styles and designs! Elephants have been on our Hot list this year!

tribal Camera Straps

Two new Tribal styles are available in Red and Blue! Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy store to find all 40 styles!

Porteen Gear Gift Certificate

Not sure what your recipient would like? Porteen Gear Gift Certificates come in a gift box with a swatch book through the month of November! Giving the Gift of Design will surely be a favorite! The emailed versions can be purchased up until Christmas Eve!


Stay tuned to see the Tote bags that will be available on Black Friday weekend!

International Custom Orders are due by Novemeber 19th if you need delivery before December 25th!!


International Shipping Options and Holiday Deadlines


US: December 4th

International: November 19th



US: December 17th

International: December 5th


With the International Deadlines for custom orders and shipping coming up fast, I thought I’d take the time to mention a couple of options for our customers outside the US.

Here are two customer recommendations for shipping outside of the US. And I only give these based on customer referrals! Please do your own research before using one of these carriers. Both options are more expensive than using Regular Post, but if you want the peace of mind and the speedy delivery, it might be worth paying for. Porteen Gear has shipped about 50 packages through the MyUS company and I have not heard of any problems.


 My US Logo ships to over 200 countries using well known carriers.  The idea is that you sign up and get a unique suite number that serves as an address in the US. They are slightly pricier than regular post but have a solid track record and fast shipping.

You get:

Door to Door delivery in 2-4 days

Complete Tracking all the way through.

They have won several awards including Exporter of the Year.

Live Customer Service.




Shop Mate ShippingAustralia Customers,  this one is for you! Australia has been Porteen Gear’s biggest selling country outside the US,  with Canada, France and the UK coming in a close third.

I have heard form a couple of Australian customers that this new company is a great one to use!

You get:

Complete tracking all the way through.

Delivery in 5-8 business days.

Easy user interface with many options to watch and make changes to your delivery along the way.


Porteen Gear uses Regular Post 

Porteen Gear ships international orders through the regular post. Although this turns out to be the most cost effective way available to ship outside of the US, the downside is that orders do not track once they leave our International Port Airports. (except for Canada whose post is compatible with the US).

Another possible delay is that customs offices can get backed up around the holidays and it can take 1-2 weeks to get a package. I do have to say that I have only lost two packages out of 9000 shipments.  So the track record of reliability keeps me utilizing the regular Post.

Out of the carriers that do track, UPS, FEDEX and DHL. They charge huge prices, as much as $150.00 just to ship one camera bag for small companies like mine! That’s why I thought I’d refer a couple of different options. They obviously get bulk rate shipping deals.



FREE Leather Wallet with Purchase of Gift Certificate – Porteen Gear

Leather Wallet Free from Porteen Gear

FREE Leather wallet and swatch book included with the purchase of a Gift Certificate over $100.00! Valid through the Month of November or while supplies last!

Wallets are of a minimalist design and can be used for a business card holder or a slim front pocket wallet for ID and folded cash. This design features a thumb notch to easily remove your items. Keep as a bonus for yourself or get two gifts in one!

Porteen Gear Gift Certificate Set

Give the gift of design! Let your recipient create their own work of art. They are available in many denominations from $50.00 to $200.00.

The set includes a full color post card with instructions on how to redeem certificate and a nice clean envelope for gift giving.

Complete ordering instructions are in the swatch book.

Double boxed so you can use the inner box as a gift box.


Porteen Gear Gift CertificatePorteenGearSwatches

The books are hand stamped,  with fabric swatches and complete instructions for designing the perfect personal camera bag. The swatches are for the basics, waxed canvas, interior colors and strap colors. They can pick out their accent fabric and leather by going to the bag builder at

Get yours soon before they are sold out especially if you are an International customer. I will mail them within a week of purchase. You can purchase gift certificates by Bag Size or Denomination in my Etsy store in the Section called “Gift Certificates”.

EMAILED VERSION AVAILABLE : you will get a full color PDF file with the gift certificate and instructions on how to redeem. These are available through Christmas Eve.

*Emailed Gift Certificates do not come with a swatch book or leather wallet.

Fine Print:

**The Shipping charges on the Gift Certificates for exact camera bag sizes are for the actual shipping of the camera bag so your recipient has no out-of-pocket costs.

Gift Certificate redeemable for merchandise at Porteen Gear only.

Gift Certificates good for one year from date of purchase.

This is NOT an ETSY gift card. These can be redeemed for Porteen Gear merchandise only by emailing us at or a convo through our Etsy Store.




US: December 4th

International: November 19th


US: December 17th

International: December 5th

Finding the Perfect Bag!

Here is the current guide to finding your way around the online world of Porteen Gear.

Please pardon our remodeling of the online presence of Porteen Gear! Until our transition is complete, there are two places you can visit to get your Porteen Gear bag.

1. The Bag Builder:

Here, you can be the designer by picking swatches of fabrics and leathers to design a bag that is unique to your personality. All six sizes are on the bag builder in the standard formats. You can go add your bag to The Cart right from here and pay with a credit card or Paypal.

(If you want any different customizations or add-ons, you will need to contact us so we can make a custom listing for you in our Etsy store.)

To start building your own custom bag, visit: The Porteen Gear Bag Builder.

Porteen Gear Bag Builder

2. Custom Bag Orders and In Stock Items:

We are still on Etsy and this is the best place to contact us for custom orders for different styles of bags, (Tuscany, Verona, alterations to the flaps). You can also find bags that are ready for immediate shipping and all of our camera straps and misc. items.

Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy Store to read the reviews, design and find inspiration for your custom bag!

Porteen Gear Etsy Shop

Stay tuned for more upcoming announcements as Porteen Gear will be adding a few new items just in time for the holidays!

The holidays are coming up and we will be selling Gift Certificates with swatch books, to give the Gift of Design again this year!





Keep it Simple with Minimalism


Min·i·mal·ism (noun) : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.


The  minimalist bag is sleek, clean and simple with black and creme leather, creme tweed, black waxed canvas and an asphalt linen interior.


This is the little black dress of camera bags.

 Porteen Gear Minimalist

Black and creme in 2014 Fall Fashion.



Want one? CLICK HERE



Like the outside of the bag but prefer a pop of color on the inside?  We have a new drop-down feature that allows you to choose a different interior color., it is available on the minimalist bag and the elephant canvas bag in  The Porteen Gear Etsy Shop .
001a Porteen Gear Elephant Bag

Tribal Couture Showcased on Two New Sizes of Convertible Camera Bags!

Porteen Gear Leather Camera Bag in Yellow and Orange

The Porteen Gear Convertible Camera Bag is now available in three sizes!  In addition to our current Medium Camera Bag, we have now included a Small and Large size. We thought we’d celebrate these new sizes by showcasing them in the bright colors and mixed patterns that are popular on the runways this Fall!

Porteen Gear Leather Camera Bags

The Convertible Bag is designed to be versatile, no matter the size and come with removable inserts to change your bag into an every day purse or carry-on. Whether you’re a photographer, business woman or student, our bags will hold your possessions safely and in style!

Small Convertible Bags are great for compact and mirrorless camera systems and for those wanting to only carry the basic everyday essentials.

Porteen Gear Small Convertible Camera BagGear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a mirrorless camera body (Nikon J1) with attached lens (10-30mm), an extra lens (30-110mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold tablet (iPad Mini), phone and headphones


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for passport and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

Medium Convertible Bags are excellent for mid size gear like the Canon Rebel.  A great bag for those that need a little extra room for larger items, and yet do not want the bulk of a larger bag.

Porteen gear Medium Camera Bag

Gear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a DSLR camera body (Canon EOS 5D), an extra lens (Canon 70-200mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold a tablet (iPad), notepad, lens cap case and large wallet


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for phone and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

Large Convertible Bags are specialized for the pro photographer and for those that have a lot to carry on a daily basis. This bag makes for a great carry-on.

Porteen Gear Large Convertible Bag

Gear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a DSLR camera body (Canon EOS 5D), an extra lens (Canon 70-200mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold a tablet (iPad), notepad, lens cap and large wallet


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for phone and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

These three bags are currently in-stock and are ready to ship! Once these bags are sold out, availability will become pre-order and will take 2-3 weeks to make and ship. Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy Shop to order yours today!


Large Convertible bag

Porteen gear Medium Camera Bag

Medium Convertible Camera Bag



Large Convertible Camera Bag

The Porteen Gear Bag Builder is Ready to Go!

Celebrate the launching of the bag builderIt’s time to celebrate!! The Porteen Gear Bag Builder is up and running! All six camera bag sizes are now available for custom design.

Medium Camera Bag on the bag builder.

 Medium camera bag on the bag builder.



Easier ordering for custom designs – add your bag to the cart right from the design page.

Register on the site to use the Wish List – a place to save your designs and to share for gift receiving.

A Men’s room for simple designs like Plaids and Tweeds for the guys or gals who like a simple design with a solid leather flap.

Take a Screen Shot to share your design on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites (instructions in the Bag Builder Tips)


Compact camera bag on the bag builder.

Compact camera bag on the bag builder.

Coming Soon

We still have some minor projects to complete.

There will be a style gallery with customer designs for inspiration and a model gallery to show bag sizes on people.

A guide to packing your gear for travel.


Convertible camera bag

Convertible camera bag/handbag on the bag builder. 

Darby Camera Bag

The Darby Camera Bag in the Men’s Room


Please use the Contact form to email me if you have any questions or issues. The Etsy Store will still be up and running for In Stock bags and special custom orders that cannot be completed with the Porteen Gear bag builder.

All Bags that are In Stock and ready for immediate shipping are in our Etsy Store.